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Well, we opened last Monday and have had a good opening week

Well, we opened last Monday and have had a good opening week. We loved having a family with us celebrating their “spring break” and they had so much fun rafting, hiking, seeing the elk in Cataloochee, biking and more. We also enjoyed having several other Hemlock Inn regulars with us making our initial week special. Our season really gets into gear this next week with a strong group that always meets here for some serious hiking and maybe some not so serious conversations. They are always such fun and it will be great to see then here again. They reserve much of the inn, but there are still a few rooms available if you’re interested.

Jim and Eleanor Burbank will be here for two weeks starting April 27.

They will lead our wildflower walks every day and give wonderful illustrated talks in the evening. We have rooms available both weeks.

If you have not been in the Smokies in the spring, you are missing a delight. The spring wildflowers are just awesome and Jim and Eleanor are the best guides imaginable.

We have spoken earlier of our emphasis this year of “returning to nature an returning to simplicity”. On the first day we began our spring cleaning, the housekeepers and I stood on the deck for the longest time watching two deer in our meadow. About 30 minutes later, we were intrigued by wild turkey that visited us for a spell. I wished I had my camera to share this with you, but will try to do better next time.

While I can’t guarantee you wildlife in our fields when you visit, I can promise you a restful setting, good homecooked meals, and some wonderful guests. We have the best you know. Come sit a while and enjoy a “return to nature and simplicity” in our rustic mountain setting. As always, we will look forward to seeing you.

— Mort